Former Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy has finally opened up to the media following his departure from the club back in November 2019, Sports24 revealed.
In an exclusive interview with Robert Marawa on the Marawa Sports Worldwide Show, City chairman John Comitis revealed the reason why he decided to show McCarthy the door.
"I would hire McCarthy again but perhaps he's got to go through an entire cycle of his own growth, let him try his hand at something different" Comitis told Marawa Sports Worldwide.
"I know that there are a couple of clubs that called me asking for his telephone numbers in South Africa, they are still interested in him.
"McCarthy is a fantastic character to have in any organisation, but you know when you are coaching a team of 27 characters you need to have the level of experience to manage that.
"And when you make mistakes and the team is still performing you kind of get away with it but then comes a point when you don’t get results the all the cracks to come up and that’s football."
Reportedly a week later after speaking to Comitis, Marawa got in touch with McCarthy telephonically who is currently with his wife and children in Scotland.
The 42-year-old admitted that although he has been offered a chance to return to the club, he has no interest with going back there again after the incidents that transpired during his time with Cape Town-based club.
"When the shoe doesn't fit my friend, you don't put them on no more. I've outgrown the shoe," McCarthy said.
"It was a great time (as coach of Cape Town City) but my destiny is taking me elsewhere. That's a chapter closed in my book.
"I appreciate the chairman being optimistic (on returning as coach) but for me, thanks but no thank you.
"I'm just being truthful. I've been there, I've done that, and I've closed a chapter on that one. I don't see me going back there to go back again and open wounds.
"I had an amazing time (at Cape Town City), great experience, learned a lot. Lots of ups and lots of downs. For me, I've closed the door on that one now."
"When you work for a passionate chairman – I'm passionate myself because I played, that's how I've always been as a player – and now that I'm coaching, there is no difference – and John is exactly the same.
The rest of the interview can be heard here:
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